West Ham’s Reece Oxford is closing in on a move to Championship club West Brom, who are looking to build a youthful squad under new manager Slaven Bilic, according to the Daily Star.
The deal is expected to be worth around £4 million, the same fee that was agreed with Bundesliga club Augsburg, but negotiations eventually fell apart.
West Ham look set to sell this summer after bringing in Spanish playmaker Pablo Fornals, who is expected to be followed by yet more recruits. This means Oxford is free to leave the club after falling out of favour at the London Stadium.
The versatile defender only played eight times for Augsburg last season in the league but at just 20 years old, the player will believe he has a lot more to give and playing in England for a promotion chasing side could kick start his development.
Oxford broke through at West Ham under Bilic and was highly rated by the Croatian during his time in London.
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The left winger made six appearances in the Championship last season and will hope to build on that, but he will need to earn Bilic’s trust in pre-season.
The midfielder played 16 times last season but will have to agreed terms over a new deal or he could leave at the end of his contract.
The 20-year-old forward has previously spent time on loan at Bristol City and will need to fight for his place to rival the likes of Matt Phillips.
The right-back has already made a number of senior appearances in League One and Two and will believe he is ready for the step up to the Championship.